Which Jobs Robots will Take in the Near Future?

With today’s development of artificial intelligence, humankind faces the very high likelihood of considerable changes to our lifestyle. In particular, changes to the employment market, as many professions will decrease in necessity. Some may become extinct entirely.

Check out our list of jobs which will disappear partially or may be entirely replaced by the robots.

1. Taxi Drivers

It is inevitable that autonomous vehicles will replace taxi drivers and, in fact, the process has already started in some countries. Self-driving cars will likely put taxi drivers out of business shortly.

Automated vehicles will soon hit our roads, and the creators claim that it will be beneficial for all parties. Passengers will enjoy a ride in a silent atmosphere, and the owners of the taxi companies will not need to pay for drivers.

2. Journalists

Journalism is considered to be a creative profession which, supposedly, cannot be accomplished by robots. However, even this job is not immune to being eliminated by technological development.

Intelligent software has already been in use for several years to write, for example, financial data reports.

These days, even thesis writing is not a difficult task for machines! It is very probable that soon robots will be capable of creating all kinds of content without any human involvement whatsoever.

3. Movie Stars

This is another occupation which most people couldn’t imagine robots filling. However, it is now possible to see whole recreations of actors from any time in their life.

Advanced technologies can now create believable pictures, and resurrection technology can make beloved actors stay on screen, and still in the business, for decades.

4. Financial Workers

An excellent professional financial worker is always in demand. However, with the high speed of computerization, such job as a financial analyst could be eliminated with time.

Robots can do all the calculation— probably more accurately— which, as we all know, is critical in the financial industry.

5. Supermarket Employees

We all want and need to consume healthy and fresh food, so the job of an employee who restocks shelves in the supermarket is essential. They keep an eye on the dates and reshelve the items, making sure we get the best products.

However, soon supermarket employees might be substituted for machines, which would be able to fulfill all the same essential functions. They will also be able to inform the staff of whatever is wrong in the store.

No more pricing errors and arguments with the unhappy employees.

6. Chefs

Although it is usually scorching in the kitchen, automated cooks can take up your job as a chef, no problem. Sometimes, the pressure of working in the kitchen can get too high, and a human mistake becomes very likely as a result.

Food prepared by a machine can be as good as food made by a human being! This is primarly because a robot has a lot more precision, and can be programmed to prepare basically anything.

In addition to this, drones could deliver prepared food, so even such professions as waitstaff may become extinct with time as well.

7. Construction Workers

Workers who perform manual work, specifically in the building and construction sphere, have already felt the influence of automation on their work. Machines are a great help since they can perform a lot of tasks faster and more efficiently.

Also, safety issues are no longer a problem since robots can undertake nearly all dangerous tasks humans cannot. Though, this will, of course, limit the availability of human tasks in this vital field.

8. Customer Support Representatives

We all have already heard about chatbots, and they are being used more and more by companies. Mainly, this is a beneficial option for employers since they do not need to provide extensive training to new workers and it is easier to program chatbots once and keep using them automatically.

Smart machines can reduce the time of wait on the line, so customers benefit as well. The reduction of the human factor, which often has an adverse effect, could, in this case, be beneficial for companies and customers alike.

9. Doctors

Medics are extremely important since our well-being depends on them, their skills, and their understanding of human health. However, medicine is still subject to human error. A human being physically cannot know everything and their judgment or diagnosis may end up being flawed or incorrect.

Machines, though, can analyze patient data more efficiently. They can store near limitless amounts of information and draw strict conclusions based on these facts. All free of human bias.

As a result, artificial intelligence may give a convenient opportunity to have a personal physician in your pocket. Despite this, artificial intelligence will never entirely replace healthcare workers.

Phil Burton-Cartledge, a program leader for sociology at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, says, “when it comes to advice about higher education, I’d recommend students go for more generalist as opposed to specialist degrees, whether in the human, natural, or computer sciences. A broad range of skills and competencies is the best way to future-proof people for the challenges coming down the line.”


The future is here, and robots are coming. How this will influence employment is still unknown. Regardless, Artificial intelligence has already proven a controversial issue.

Automation can do a lot for our society since it can make both production and service more useful. This comes with a lot of benefits, but, nothing can replace the connection of people.

We must be careful about how much we rely on technology. We have to make sure that for all we develop, machines never manage to entirely replace what makes us people and what makes us valuable in our society.

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Jennifer Pauli graduated from Corvinus School of Management and gained MBA degree there and finished the faculty of Journalism at Corvinus University of Budapest. She is currently an editor, business writer, and copywriter, working at Essay Spirit. Follow her at Twitter and Google+ and read her personal Blogspot